"A University Town Called Ghent..." Gent by coceng
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Me & Reg then continued to Ghent, a university town in the middle between Brugge & Brussels. Students ? Not keen on them. God granted my wish 'cos there's no students with their books or backpacks around, in this beautiful town. To tell the truth, there's almost nobody's around ! Maybe the exams were approaching & everybody was at home playing circus clowns with their study notes, thick books, pen & pencils & rubber (erasers to you out there).
We wandered around some old buildings & I just love the cobble-stoned streets. Ghent had a gray feel to it. We had a meal at one of the eating places, which almost looked like a cellar. Very nice food though. I could stay here I told Reg & Reg looked at me in disbelief, "And what subject you would want to enroll in ?". It was in this town that me & Reg had some kind of soul-searching. I asked "Do you believe in the After-Life ?". Heavy talk this. We had a good discussion on the subject but we concluded that lawyers are the most irresponsible & money-grabbers in our humankind. We wish them bad luck in all the cases they handle. LAWYERS are not GOD !
Anyway, enough about this. Me & Reg took the next train to Brussels.
Come to Ghent if you have the time. I was lucky that the town was in hibernation when I was there. Many nice old buildings, churches & old streets to get acquantance with, in this one of the most beautiful towns Belgium could offer.
Being tipped as the largest medieval city after Paris !
Now, Ghent is a lively city indeed with many universities that cater for students the world over.
Almost sitting in the middle between Antwerp, Brussels & Bruges !
Ghent is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Much of the city's medieval architecture remains intact and is remarkably well preserved.
Some attractions is Ghent are :
The Post Office; Which was built in 1910 in Neo-Gothic style.
The Saint Nicholas Church, built between 12th -14th century in pure Schelde-Gothic style.
The Belfort which was from the 13th century.
The Lace Hall from the 15th century.
The Saint Baaf Cathedral, built 1274 -1569; This is The Principal Cathedral of Ghent.
This city also has an extensive harbour which is accessed by the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, that ends at Terneuzen in the Westerschelde.
This city also has been hosting some nice events, particularly the student-feel is strong here.
Mainly a Dutch-spoken community with French and English are also accepted as the languages cater among the students.
Just a map of Belgium so that you know where Ghent is situated. more travel advice
Written Sep 2, 2003
Written Jul 8, 2005
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